CHAIRMAN - FOUNDING PARTNER
CHARLIE METHVEN – CHAIRMAN - FOUNDING PARTNER
Charlie Methven is a top international Public Relations expert, ranked by Spear’s Wealth in November 2017 as “outstanding in field” and amongst the top 10 reputation managers in London.
He has run successful Public Relations agencies for over a decade, acting as Managing Director of New Century Media for five years from 2006, before going on to found Dragon Advisory in September 2011. Prior to entering the world of public relations consultancy, Charlie had a stellar career on national newspapers. Starting as a reporter on the Sporting Life, he eventually became a columnist and leader writer on the Daily Telegraph, where he had previously edited the paper’s famous Peterborough column. He has also written for the Spectator, the Evening Standard and a wide range of other periodicals.
Charlie’s personal clients include sovereign nations, high net worth individuals, asset managers and luxury brands. Educated at Eton College and Oxford University, away from work his interests include football, horseracing and golf.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - FOUNDING PARTNER
HUGH WARRENDER – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - FOUNDING PARTNER
Hugh heads Dragon Enterprise, driving asset raising programmes, introducing investors and devising business development strategies for our clients.
He started his career in investment banking, first at Cazenove & Co then latterly at Robert Fleming/Jardine Fleming where he worked in South East Asia, New York and London in equity sales and trading. Following the sale of Fleming’s to J.P. Morgan Chase he went on to co-found Aida Capital, a fund of hedge funds later sold to Standard Life, after which he raised in excess of $1.5bn for a variety of hedge funds and private enterprises.
He is also the co-founder of Knightsbridge Schools, an international education business. Hugh was educated at Eton College and Brown University.
HEAD OF SPECIAL SITUATIONS
PATRICK ELLIOT – HEAD OF SPECIAL SITUATIONS
Patrick devises smart, cohesive solutions for clients who face unusual, or complex, business challenges and opportunities, often with a legal dimension.
He has nearly 20 years’ experience as a solicitor, specialising in litigation, commercial and intellectual property, insolvency and restructuring and has worked at a number of well-known law firms including Simmons & Simmons, BLP and Addleshaw Goddard and most recently as a restructuring partner at Brown Rudnick where he advised on many high-profile cases including Enron, TXU, Lehman, MF Global, Madoff and The Cooperative Bank.
Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Patrick worked for the International trading company Jardine Matheson in Hong Kong. He was educated at Edinburgh University and Eton and is an officer in the Insolvency Section of the International Bar Association.
LAURENCE JONES – PARTNER
Laurence has extensive experience at the highest level in global public relations. He manages a number of high profile mandates encompassing reputation management, crisis communications, corporate advisory work, sports PR, international bondholder disputes, government advisory and major real estate regeneration projects.
His clients have included international property developers, fund managers, wealth managers, sports promoters, governments, hedge funds and prominent individuals.
Prior to joining Dragon, he spent four years at Financial Dynamics (now FTI Consulting) as a real estate PR specialist and began his career at FTSE 100 UK supermarket J Sainsbury plc in its investor relations department. Laurence was educated at Downside and Bristol University.
GEORGE MORRISON – PARTNER
George is a senior strategic advisor to major City and corporate brands.
He has led a wide range of cutting edge campaigns for FTSE 100 banks, brokerages, fund managers, wealth managers, law firms, fintech companies, PE houses and accountants.
George has first class strengths in strategy, creativity and issues management, as well as an ability to find news value in any organisation – large, small, mass-market or niche.
Prior to Dragon, he worked at global PR consultancy, Grayling, creating a PR programme for Lloyds Banking Group’s Wealth business that demonstrably improved its bottom line, helped execute its corporate strategy and was a finalist at both PR Week and Sabre Awards.
He holds a BA (Hons) in German and Philosophy from King’s College, London.
VICTORIA SCOTT – SENIOR ASSOCIATE
As part of the Luxury team Victoria has a deep understanding of the luxury and lifestyle sector and an enviable network of contacts.
Victoria provides strategic advice to our clients and delivers exceptional PR campaigns that support our client’s business goals.
Before joining Dragon Victoria was PR Manager at Anouska Hempel Design where she designed and implemented a strategy that successfully developed the brand. Previously she was a Senior Press Officer at The Colefax Group and Communications Executive at Coca-Cola.
She was educated at The Godolphin School and read Business at the University of the West of England.
CHRISTOPHER WILSON – ASSOCIATE
Christopher offers the creative vision that is required for top line strategic advice and the deliverance of first-class PR and marketing campaigns.
A specialist within the fashion industry this former Irish account director has been responsible for some of the UK and Ireland’s top PR campaigns and events. Having worked with leading international brands such as MaxMara, Louboutin and Victoria Beckham he has gained invaluable experience, and with such can provide business strategies that are individually tailored to a client’s needs – no matter how big or small.
His experience in both PR and as a model and social influencer agent stands him out as a digital specialist: creative, connected and driven, he aligns business ambition and cultural energy for commercial success.
His repertoire of past and present clients is diverse, across the industries of fashion, beauty, art & design, music, food, drinks, travel and property.
TOM CAMPBELL – ASSOCIATE
Tom is a key member of Dragon’s Enterprise team, with a focus on partnerships and marketing.
He provides strategic guidance on partnership activation and relationship management and has a deep understanding of key stakeholder issues.
Tom has managed relationships for financial, technology and retail institutions as well as luxury brands and sporting events and venues.
His clients have included the Marussia F1 Team, Snoozebox, the Motor Sports Association and the British Touring Car Championship.
Tom was educated at Stowe School and Newcastle-upon-Tyne University, and began his career in Operational Risk at UBS Wealth Management.
ANDREA GUDE – ASSOCIATE
Andrea works across Dragon’s corporate and luxury divisions offering its clients digital strategy and implementation and improvement of audience engagement. A native Norwegian, she obtained a first-class honours degree in PR and Advertising from the University of Westminster. Prior to joining Dragon she gained top-class experience from Freuds and as a digital & content manager at Saatchi & Saatchi.
Andrea offers a wide understanding of the digital landscape with her creative vision and skillset. Her experience incorporates property, commodities, interior design, travel and drinks brands. Her current clients include: 1508 London, Ossian, The Carnegie Club and Warner Edwards.
JAMES HORRAX – SENIOR ASSOCIATE
James Horrax is a senior associate in the corporate team with over ten years of experience in providing strategic communications and consultancy advice to governments and some of the world’s most prestigious corporates and private clients.
His experience incorporates an array of communications services from crisis and litigation support through to profile and reputation development. James has previously worked for publicly listed and privately-owned companies both within the UK and abroad.
His former clients include Boris Johnson, Barclays, British Airways, luxury jewellers and UHNWs and their families. James has also worked as a management consultant to other providers of luxury services, including private banks and other financial and professional services providers.
James has a BA Honours degree in International Politics.
CHESTER ALDEN – ASSOCIATE
Chester joined Dragon in July following a degree in International Business Management at the Royal Agricultural University. He had previously interned with Dragon for three months during his degree and is looking to specialise in the financial services area of communications.
Previous work experience has taken him to the Red Bull Racing F1 team, and 21st Century Learning International, an educational technology consultancy based in Hong Kong.
FREDDIE MACSWINEY – ASSOCIATE
Freddie is Head of Research for Dragon and will be focusing on researching new clients and business development for new partnerships. Freddie was educated at Cheltenham College and studied History of Art at Oxford Brookes University.
Freddie was previously Head of Marketing for private members clubs Raffles and Boujis.
COURTNEY JEVONS – OPERATIONS MANAGER
Courtney handles all aspects of operations for Dragon, supporting the CEO and both the Luxury and Corporate teams.
Having always concentrated on operations, Courtney was previously at nbi Human Capital Ltd as part of their business support team, based in London but working closely with their global offices.
She was educated at St Mary’s Ascot and read History at the University of the West of England; succeeded by the Graduate Training Programme at Quest Business School.
ANNESLEY ABERCORN – PARLIAMENTARY CONSULTANT
Annesley has 16 years political experience having worked for several parliamentarians including a senior Cabinet Minister.
He has also stood as a Westminster and European Parliamentary Candidate and chaired a well known think tank. Annesley has a deep understanding of the Westminster parliamentary process and maintains a strong interest in British politics.
He was educated at Highgate School and University College London where he obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in politics. He is the Founder & Chairman of The Dream Ball which supports aspiration for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
DRAGON LATIN AMERICA
RODOLFO MILESI – DRAGON LATIN AMERICA
Having previously worked as a frontline news broadcaster on Argentina’s main current affairs programme, Rodolfo has an intimate understanding of business, politics and communications across Latin America and Europe.
He is a first class business development advisor and communications strategist. Rodolfo has advised numerous Latin American governments, including his native Argentina, on their strategy in Europe.
Previously Rodolfo was a senior consultant at global PR agency, Bell Pottinger having begun his career as a news journalist.
OBI ASIKA – DRAGON AFRICA
Obi heads Dragon’s African practice. He is highly networked across Africa and London and provides top line advice to major clients.
He has a strong understanding of international markets and media landscape, enabling him to provide up-todate and ‘in the know’ service to clients.
Obi has extensive experience of the oil and gas, procurement and business support sectors, and sits on the boards of a diverse range of companies, including the largest infrastructure provider in Nigeria, PPC, and boards in the events, marketing, media, ICT and property sectors.
He has advised the World Bank in Nigeria, the International Finance Corporation, the Bank of Industry on creative industries, and the national economic management team. He is the executive producer of Dragon’s Den Nigeria, The Apprentice Africa, and World Cup Village.
Educated at Eton College and Warwick University,
COLIN METHVEN – NON-EXEC DIRECTOR
Colin Methven is a former director of insurance broking giant Willis Faber and Dumas (now known as Willis), where he ran the firm’s operations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Australasia for many years.
After retiring from Willis following a thirty year career, he was subsequently appointed President of the London Insurance Institute, executive chairman of the Cavalry and Guards Club (which he ran for four years) and was elected a district councillor in his native region, the Cotswolds.
A former officer in the Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, Colin brings to Dragon his huge experience of emerging markets, as well as of a complete understanding of the running of agency businesses.